Electric Volvo Xc40 Getting Android-powered Infotainment System

Electric Volvo XC40 Getting Android-Powered Infotainment System

Android-powered infotainment systems have been around for a few years now, although made by third-party companies. That's about to change starting next week, as the electric Volvo XC40 will become the first vehicle to get such a feature, straight from the factory.

Sony's Playstation Could Be Getting Its Own Digital Assistant

Sony's PlayStation Could Be Getting Its Own Digital Assistant

This is according to a recent patent discovered by Daniel Ahmad and shared on Twitter where it seems that Sony is considering its own digital assistant. This is based on a patent filing where based on the details, Sony could be considering calling it the “PlayStation Assist”. However, given that this is a console-related assistant, it won’t be like your normal digital assistants that will tell you the weather or set reminders.

Instead, it seems that this is a digital assistant that will help players in their games. According to the filing’s description, “For example, when a player gets stuck on a part of a gaming application, the player can request help through a query to a back-end game assist server. The query may be of any format, or a combination of formats, including audio, text, video, etc. The game assist server is configured to match the query to modelled responses based on a current game context from which the query was presented.”

Next-generation Subaru Wrx Sti Getting New Engine, Platform, Styling

Next-generation Subaru WRX STI getting new engine, platform, styling

We just covered Japan's updated Subaru Impreza, which naturally has everyone wondering about a new WRX, the current fourth-generation on sale since 2014. According to a story in Japan's Best Car magazine, the fifth generation arrives late next year with a new platform and engine as part of the automaker's Japanese-market overhaul of the WRX STI, JDM-only WRX S4, and Levorg wagon. The STI is expected to switch from the current turbocharged EJ20 boxer-four to a direct-injection FA20 boxer-four engine with output of around 315 horsepower. Note, the Japanese-market WRX STI uses a 2.0-liter engine, the U.S version gets the 2.5-liter EJ257 with 310 hp. The U.S.-market WRX (sans STI) already uses the turbo FA20, but it makes 268 horsepower. The WRX STI will finally move to the Subaru Global Platform that the Impreza switched to in 2017, which will hopefully go a long way in improving ride comfort around town. The six-speed manual makes the switch as well. Best Car says the four-door's size won't change much, but the looks will crib from the Viziv concept - something everyone wants - with a design language called "Dynamic x Solid," U-shaped LEDs, and "greatly inflated front and rear fenders." Until then, the 2020 Subaru WRX STI will stick with its current architecture and another limited edition called the Series.White. A Torque News story says that as with the Series.Gray launched for the 2019 model year, the Series.White will be limited to 250 examples in WRX STI flavor, and 750 examples of the WRX. The Series.White gets a tonal neighbor on the palette for 2020, a new hue called Ceramic White that's exclusive to the WRX and WRX STI, which will omit any metallic or pearl effects in order to distinguish itself from the already-available Crystal White Pearl. The Series.White, as a special edition, will come with the requisite Crystal Black Silica badges, Recaro seats, Performance Package, suspension upgrades, folding side mirrors, and 19-inch black wheels.  The WRX S4 and Levorg will benefit from two brand new, downsized, direct-injection turbocharged engines in Japan, one of 1.5 liters, the other of 1.8 liters. Built around smaller, lighter engine blocks and boasted improved combustion efficiency, the 1.5-liter will produce about 148 hp, the 1.8-liter about 266 hp. Our non-STI WRX gets a 2.0-liter FA20 with 268 hp. Considering the similar horsepower, we wouldn't be surprised if Subaru continues to use the FA20 in the U.S.-spec WRX in the next-generation car since it's already certified for the U.S. and aftermarket parts should be easy to adapt to the new car. It's possible Subaru will preview all three new models at this year's Tokyo Motor Show.

Nintendo Switch Is Getting The Witcher 3

Nintendo Switch Is Getting The Witcher 3


There’s some good news today for those who prefer to play games on the Nintendo Switch. The Witcher 3, CD Projekt Red’s open-world classic, is headed to the Nintendo Switch. This game was first released back in 2015 and it will finally be released for the Switch later this year.

A handful of older games have recently made their way over to the Nintendo Switch. This includes titles like Dark Souls, Diablo 3, LA Noire, and more. The Witcher 3 joins that list much to the pleasure of gamers on Nintendo’s platform. Its launch for the Switch had been teased recently.

Final Fantasy Viii Will Also Be Getting Its Own Remake

Final Fantasy VIII Will Also Be Getting Its Own Remake

Just yesterday, Square Enix finally confirmed that its long-awaited remake of Final Fantasy VII will be released in 2020. However, if Final Fantasy VII is not your jam, then you might be interested to learn that in addition to remaking Final Fantasy VII, Square Enix has also announced that they’ll be remaking Final Fantasy VIII.

Now, the entire Final Fantasy franchise has its huge following of fans, although admittedly the seventh installment is probably it’s most popular and most recognizable, even amongst those who might not have played the game before. However, this does not mean that we should be sleeping on the remake of Final Fantasy VIII either.

2020 Nissan Titan Getting A Light Refresh Inside And Out

2020 Nissan Titan getting a light refresh inside and out

The 2020 Nissan Titan full-size pickup truck has been spotted testing, and it appears to be getting a light refresh. This will be the first update since the truck was redesigned for the 2017 model year (2016 for the Titan XD). The updates are clearly mild, but some of them should be solid improvements.

There isn't much we can see from the outside due to some very thorough camouflage. But from what we can see, changes will be quite subtle. The bumper and its main grille appear to be unchanged from the current model. The overall headlight, grille, taillight and tailgate designs are roughly the same, too. So we suspect changes will just be to grille designs and the look of the lighting elements.

2020 Toyota Supra Getting A Cx Racing 2jz Engine Swap Kit

2020 Toyota Supra getting a CX Racing 2JZ engine swap kit

Let's not act surprised by an aftermarket kit to put a 2JZ engine into the 2020 Toyota Supra. The new Supra's chief engineer, Tetsuya Tada, already advised anyone planning such a swap to "please buy the four-cylinder. It will be cheaper." What's surprising is that the kit is being advertised before the Supra's even gone on sale, and it's coming from CX Racing. The tuning firm offers a long list of equipment, but it might be most known for selling turbochargers and plumbing on eBay.

The company might also have been surprised by response to the 2JZ swap kit announcement. When CX Racing posted a render of a blue Supra with a blue-hued 2JZ dropped perfectly in the forward bay, naysayers streamed down from the hills. The primary gripe was that the B58, an engine only in production since 2015, hasn't been tuned to its limits, so why "swap in a heavier less efficient engine for the sake of nostalgia?" No one knew the B58 had so many defenders. We won't get the four-cylinder Supra in the U.S., so swaps will put more B58s on the market for those who covet their potential.